The human tissue-resident CCR5+ T cell compartment maintains protective and functional properties during inflammation

Amanda S. Woodward Davis, Hayley N. Roozen, Matthew J. Dufort, Hannah A. DeBerg, Martha A. Delaney, Florian Mair, Jami R. Erickson, Chloe K. Slichter, Julia D. Berkson, Alexis M. Klock, Matthias Mack, Yu Lwo, Alexander Ko, Rhonda M. Brand, Ian McGowan, Peter S. Linsley, Douglas R. Dixon, Martin Prlic

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CCR5 is thought to play a central role in orchestrating migration of cells in response to inflammation. CCR5 antagonists can reduce inflammatory disease processes, which has led to an increased interest in using CCR5 antagonists in a wide range of inflammation-driven diseases. Paradoxically, these antagonists appear to function without negatively affecting host immunity at barrier sites. We reasoned that the resolution to this paradox may lie in the CCR5+ T cell populations that permanently reside in tissues. We used a single-cell analysis approach to examine the human CCR5+ T cell compartment in the blood, healthy, and inflamed mucosal tissues to resolve these seemingly contradictory observations. We found that 65% of the CD4 tissue-resident memory T (TRM) cell compartment expressed CCR5. These CCR5+ TRM cells were enriched in and near the epithelial layer and not only limited to TH1-type cells but also contained a large TH17-producing and a stable regulatory T cell population. The CCR5+ TRM compartment was stably maintained even in inflamed tissues including the preservation of TH17 and regulatory T cell populations. Further, using tissues from the CHARM-03 clinical trial, we found that CCR5+ TRM are preserved in human mucosal tissue during treatment with the CCR5 antagonist Maraviroc. Our data suggest that the human CCR5+ TRM compartment is functionally and spatially equipped to maintain barrier immunity even in the absence of CCR5-mediated, de novo T cell recruitment from the periphery.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article numbereaaw8718
JournalScience Translational Medicine
Issue number521
StatePublished - Dec 4 2019
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Medicine


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